After the apparitions Bernadette was interviewed by church authorities regarding her sightings. They confirmed she spoke the truth. Since the clearing of the water 69 cures were verified by the authorities.
Bernadette along with a local priest built a chapel in the site of her visions where the chapel still stands today.
In July 1866 Bernadette joined the sisters of charity where she became a nun. Bernadette spent the rest of her life as an infirmary assistant and later a sacristan.
Bernadette I now pronounce you St Bernadette of Lourdes.
Sadly, Bernadette was diagnosed with tuberculosis in her right knee. She died in the Sainte of the Convent of Saint Gildard at age 35 on April 16 1879 whilst praying the rosary. Her final words were, "Blessed Mary, Mother of God, pray for me. A poor sinner."
Thirty years after Bernadette's death two doctors exhumed her body. They claimed her crucifix and rosary beads had been oxidised but her body remained preserved. This was later noted as one of her miracles.
Bernadette was beautified in 1925 and canonised by Pope Piuis XI in December 1933. St Bernadette is the patroness of illness, people ridiculed for their piety, poverty, shepherds and Lourdes, France.